Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now Available at Save Mart :: organicgirl good clean greens! Review, Summer Salad Recipe & Giveaway {Ends 8/7}

With summer here and the abundance of fresh produce available, I've definitely been on a salad kick. With the fresh, sustainable produce grown in harmony with Mother Nature from organicgirl good clean greens, I can make a variety of yummy summer salads that will help me in my mission to become healthier. Now that organicgirl is available at Save Mart grocery stores, I can find my favorite varieties of lettuce much easier.

organicgirl good clean greens' products are grown in California's fertile Salinas Valley using organic-growing practices and without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. With strict quality and safety standards, you can be sure you're getting only the highest quality product from organicgirl. They also use 100% recycled (California PET bottles) plastic clamshells that seem to really keep their greens fresh for longer than bagged lettuce varieties from other brands. Not to mention that the recycled plastic clamshells are much more earth-friendly than using new materials. organicgirl's products have already been triple-washed so I also don't feel the freakish need to wash them myself like I normally would. I just grab a few handfuls and I'm good to go! Also, just check out the many varieties and lettuce mixes they offer: 

baby arugula
baby romaine caesar
baby spinach
baby spinach & arugula
baby spring mix
berries & balsamic
five happiness
herb baby romaine
i heart baby kale
quick cook! spinach
quick cook! spinach powergreens
romaine heart leaves
I've tried a few of these so far including the baby spring mix, 50/50, baby spinach, and five happiness. I think I'm partial to the baby spinach myself, but I love experimenting and trying new things with my salads. They seem to include everything but the kitchen sink! I haven't been a big fan of tomatoes lately, but everything else seems to makes it's way into my random salads at one point or another.

This is one of those salads I recently made using the organicgirl spring mix. This is a single serving for my own lunch, but it can be easily adapted to serve your whole family or more. I make a batch of the vinaigrette recipe to last me for a few salads though. This is what I included in this particular salad...

Summer Salad
2 handfuls of organicgirl baby spring mix
Organic Chicken Breast, sliced
2T Pine Nuts
3 T Gorgonzola or Feta (sometimes I combine the two!)
Raisins or Dried Cranberries
1/2 Avocado, sliced
1/2 Apple, thinly sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette
3/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 T Mustard
2 T Clover Honey
2 T Lemon Juice
3-4 Minced Garlic Cloves
A dash of Pepper
 2 T "Fox Point" by Penzey's Spices or other seasoning mix (this one includes salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion and green peppercorns)

Place all ingredients in a mason jar and tighten lid. Shake well before serving. Serves about 4-6, store the remainder in the fridge.

Additional Recipe Notes: The measurements for the salad are estimates since I just "dump" as I go. As I mentioned before it's for just a single big salad I eat for lunch so for a dinner crowd you'll need to double the recipe or more. The vinaigrette is also a bit of a taste-until-it's-right sort of thing so you may feel the need to add more of any of the ingredients to your taste.

Adding various on-hand ingredients is a fun way to keep your summer salads interesting. I find that I get bored if I eat the same one everyday, so I change it up quite often. On the left is a spinach salad with avocado, cucumber, shredded cheddar cheese, pine nuts, and blueberries. On the right is a spinach salad with avocado, cubed cheddar cheese, raspberries, pine nuts, shredded broccoli & carrot, and for a variation on my balsamic vinaigrette I added mashed up raspberries. Of course I use mostly organic ingredients too!

Along with the beautiful produce from organicgirl and a giftcard to Save Mart for additional salad ingredients, I was also provided with a bunch of recipe cards that look absolutely amazing. Since we're moving in just a couple weeks, sadly, lots of my kitchen gear is already packed up! I'm so excited to get in my new kitchen and check out the Spinach & Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms recipe first. I love mushrooms, pesto and spinach together!

Make your meal plan easy this week by grabbing a clamshell of organicgirl good clean greens to make some fun summer salads. They certainly make my meals a whole lot easier, and I know I'm getting delicious, high quality produce from a wonderful organic company!

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One winner will receive the following prize package to create your own summer salads for a healthier you!
  • Five containers of different organicgirl good clean greens' products ($25 value)
  • $30 gift card to Save Mart (to purchase ingredients for recipes)
  • Five different recipe cards, using organicgirl greens

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product(s) to facilitate this review for free. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.


Brittany Poole said...

I would like to try the baby romaine ceasar.

aperry said...

I heart baby kale

eclairre said...

I'd like to try the baby romaine caesar one.

Serenap95 said...

Berries and Balsamic sounds yummy

Serena Powell

jayedee said...

any of them! but i have to say that their baby spinach totally rocks!

Brittney Minor said...

I would like to try I heart Baby kale!

Benita said...

The Baby Spinach sounds great!

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

Baby kale- although i want all of them!!!

Sarah Hull said...

I would love to try "i heart baby kale"

benz1171 said...

romaine heart leaves

Amanda said...

I'd like to try the 50/50!
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Allison Downes said...

I would love to try the Berries & Balsamic


Kristen said...

I'd like to try the Herb Baby Romaine.

skkorman said...

I'd like to try the herb baby romaine!

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skkorman said...

I'd like to try the herb baby romaine!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

dlhaley said...

Baby Spinach sounds good to me.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I'd like to try Baby Spinach
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Melissa said...

I'd love to try the Berries & Balsamic!

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